Online game invites players to shine a light on Blunt

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 | 12:26 p.m. CST; updated 11:01 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

JEFFERSON CITY — Playing off the recent controversy in the governor’s office, the Missouri Democratic Party has released an online video game that allows users to shine a flashlight on Gov. Matt Blunt as he attempts to delete e-mails.

“Matt Blunt: Document Destroyer” is reminiscent of arcade whack-a-mole games and features a caricature of Blunt throwing his hands in the air and saying, “Oh, you caught me,” and, “These aren’t real e-mails.”

The game was created and paid for by the Missouri Democratic Party, said party spokesman Jack Cardetti. Cardetti said the game has generated good feedback and has received thousands of hits.

“Missouri Democrats have been frustrated by the lack of transparency and the continuous cover-ups that have gone on in the governor’s office,” Cardetti said. “I think both Republicans and Democrats are frustrated at how the governor has handled this e-mail scandal.”

The initial controversy arose when the governor’s office told the Springfield News Leader that requested e-mails had been deleted. Blunt has ordered his Office of Administration to develop plans for a system that would permanently retain all state e-mails.

“Many of us here at the party and Democrats around the state wanted to do something about it, and this game certainly illustrates the need to shine a light on the Blunt administration,” Cardetti said.

Missouri Republican Party Spokesman Paul Sloca said it’s sad that Democrats want to turn the issue into a game.

“It just seems that while Democrats want to spend their time and donate their resources to frivolous pursuits in a make-believe world, Gov. Blunt and Republicans are focused on real world concerns, which is certainly no game,” Sloca said. “Missourians want grown-ups running the state, not children.”

Use of the Internet by political groups has increased over the last several years through videos and Web sites. The Blunt game has gained notice from a couple of online gaming Web sites. To play go to,

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